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Duchess Catherine is spearheading a new photography initiative amidst the coronavirus pandemic

The Duchess of Cambridge wants Britons to capture the light and dark moments brought on by COVID-19.

By Alex Lilly
Duchess Catherine is renowned for her photography skills, but now the royal is using her knowledge and passion to kick off a new photography project.
In collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery of which she is the royal patron, the Duchess of Cambridge is inviting people from all over the UK to share photos they've taken during the coronavirus pandemic that encapsulate the highs and lows of these unprecedented times.
Duchess Catherine has had a longtime interest in photography. (Getty)
Applicants who wish to apply need only to submit a photographic portrait that they have taken during the pandemic and are also encouraged to provide a short written submission outlining the experiences and emotions of the picture.
The three themes are Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness and the most poignant snaps will be part of an upcoming virtual exhibition called Hold Still.
In a statement, the royal mum of three said: "We've all been struck by some of the incredible images we've seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country.
"Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable."
"Hold Still aims to capture a portrait of the nation, the spirit of the nation, what everyone is going through at this time. Photographs reflecting resilience, bravery, kindness – all those things that people are experiencing."
The Duchess of Cambridge has taken part in an interview, which will be broadcast today on British TV show This Morning. (Kensington Palace)
Duchess Catherine's photography skills have brought some much-needed relief for royal fans over the last few months.
In what has become an annual tradition, the royal mum-of-three has shared some stunning portraits of her two youngest children Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis for their respective birthdays.
For Prince Louis' second birthday, the royal mum shared a series of snaps of her youngest son painting with his hands with vibrant rainbow colours whilst Princess Charlotte's portraits showed the Cambridges' only daughter delivering food packages for isolated pensioners in the local area.
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In honour of UK Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, Duchess Catherine also shone a light on the important work of healthcare workers with a letter written to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
"At this particularly anxious time, it is therefore more crucial than ever that we provide the right care for pregnant women and new mothers," she wrote.
"Care that supports women's emotional, as well as physical, health, to ensure that mothers prioritise their own mental wellbeing when they are under so much pressure."

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